Three planned world record assaults and appearances by world leaders Justin Gatlin, Renaud Lavillenie and LaShawn Merritt are just some of the highlights expected at the 53rd Golden Spike meeting on Tuesday (17).
Barbora Spotakova’s streak of seven podium finishes at Ostrava’s Golden Spike meeting came to an end last year as the javelin world record-holder was on a baby break, but the Czech star will make a popular return to the IAAF World Challenge meeting on 17 June.
The organisers of the Fanny Blankers Koen Games announced yesterday that Haile Gebrselassie will attack his own World record for the One Hour in Hengelo on 1 June 2009.
They have the world’s only seven-star hotel; now they’ve got the world’s only 24 World record runner. Fresh from his two most recent World records**, last week, Haile Gebselassie of Ethiopia announced this morning in Dubai that he will compete in the next Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon, scheduled for 18 January 2008. That, said for Gebselassie it will be his final marathon before the Olympic Games in Beijing later that year.
Haile Gebrselassie posted his third road running World record (pending ratification) of 2006 last weekend when he ran 1:11:37 for 25 kilometres at Alphen aan den Rijn.
Tegla Loroupe of Kenya beat the 15 year old World 30,000m record at a small track meeting here on Friday evening, 6 June. Almost a month after her 30th birthday Tegla Loroupe ran 1:45:50.00 for the distance, lowering the mark (1:47:05.6) set by Hungary’s Karolina Szabo in Budapest on 22 April 1988 by 1:15.6 minutes.